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Outdoor events

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

14th-21st October 2017

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.artsbythesea.co.uk

A week-long festival filled with creative displays, exhibitions, hands-on activities and performances for all the family.

Halloween

Crafty Fun – Spooky Mask Making

18th-18th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 11.15am

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Get creative and have some Halloween fun. Make scary Halloween masks. Cost: £5. Booking advisable. For details ring 01202 740500.

Indoor activities

Half Term at Poole Libraries

18th-28th October 2017

Venue: Poole Central Library

Address: Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1QE

Website: www.poole.gov.uk

Fun sessions throughout the week. Includes Ozobot Dance Off, Robotic Crafts, Coding with Bee-Bot, Race to Lose a Tooth, Memonik, Under the Umbrella Storytime, Library Mini Golf, Smiley Shells and Seaside...

Halloween

Crafty Fun – Haunty Halloween

19th-19th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 11.15am

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Let your little lemurs cut, stick and create some frighteningly good Halloween decorations to put up at home. Booking advisable. For details ring 01202 740500.

Outdoor events

Celebrating Autumn

21st-29th October 2017

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Children will love getting crafty this half-term with activities running every day. Have a go at some autumn themed carpentry, make a bee’s wax candle, borrow an explorer kit and sample some apples and...

Outdoor events

Chesil Half Term Bird Bonanza

21st-21st October 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE

Find out about garden birds, the best things to feed them with and how to ready your garden for winter. Fun activities for the kids will be running all week, like making fat balls and bird feeders. Call...

Halloween

Halloween at Corfe Castle

21st-29th October 2017

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH29 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Explore the castle this Halloween and say ‘boo’ to the pumpkins as they welcome you. Take part in the spooky trail and enjoy all the other Halloween activities on offer throughout the week. For more...

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Halloween at Crealy

21st-29th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5.30pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

The Creaky Hotel will be opening its doors again with an all-new, even spookier storyline. Plus, see the mischievous Treehouse Trolls in the Wilderness and Patch the Pumpkin in a special Eerie Bug Show....

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Halloween Fun at Honeybrook

21st-29th October 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Honeybrook Farm

Address: Stanbridge, Wimborne, BH21 4JD

Website: www.honeybrook.org

With daily Halloween-themed craft sessions. This includes Broomstick (£4.50) and Magic Wand (£2.00) making, and pumpkin carving (£3.50). Plus, there will be a Family Halloween Party, with a bat walk...

Halloween

Halloween Half Term at Monkey World

21st-29th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

During October half term there will be plenty of fang-tastic activities and spooktacular fun in the kid’s activity centre. For more details ring 01929 462537.

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Halloween Trail

21st-29th October 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Website: www.visitstourvalley.co.uk

Follow the Halloween trail around the reserve and take part in some of the spooky craft activities.

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Happy Halloween Half Term

21st-28th October 2017

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

A week of Halloween fun and themed activities. Throughout half term there will be a seasonal quiz taking visitors around the miniature buildings. Plus, the tea shop will be serving special Halloween fayre....

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Home of Halloween

21st-29th October 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

See Adventure Wonderland become the Home of Halloween this half term, with the play centre, maze and theatre transformed into a world of spooks, skellies and fang-tastic adventures. Featuring over 30 rides,...

Outdoor events

Kingcombe Autumn Weekend

21st-22nd October 2017

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

Enjoy the colour and bounty of autumn with great food, family fun and more. Includes Tasty Tales on the Trail from 5pm to 8pm – an evening of folklore and spellbinding stories. For more information call...

Indoor activities

October Half Term at The Tank Museum

21st-29th October 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Visit the Tank Museum for family activities, vehicle rides and Tanks in Action displays. Kids can let off steam in the outdoor play area and in the new inside soft play area. Plus, free family trails....

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Spooky Spider Trail

21st-28th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.com

Follow the trail around the museum to reveal the letters to make a spooky word. This is a free event.

Theatre & Cinema

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg

21st-21st October 2017

Venue: The Rex Cinema

Address: Wareham, BH20 4JX

Website: www.purbeckfilm.com

A screening and Q&A with the Director Tim Clague who visits the Rex in person for this special event for families and children. Call 01929 552778.

Outdoor events

Wimborne Minster Food and Drink Festival

21st-21st October 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Wimborne Minster

Address: BH21

Website: www.foodevents4u.co.uk/wimborne-food-festival

The town will be busy with traders and there will be professional chef demonstrations in the Cornmarket. Something for all the family.

Theatre & Cinema

Fantastic Mr Fox

22nd-22nd October 2017

Venue: The Rex Cinema

Address: Wareham, BH20 4JX

Website: www.purbeckfilm.com

A screening and Q&A with Andy Gent, head puppet maker. Learn about how the puppets come to life in this comedy animation adventure. Call 01929 552778.

Halloween

Ghostly Stories at Corfe Castle

22nd-29th October 2017

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH29 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Find yourself beside the keep or looking upwards as the castle looms above. Granny Cousins will lead you on a journey to uncover ghostly stories that are simply oozing from the very fabric of the ruins....

Theatre & Cinema

Hetty Feather’s Christmas Tour

22nd-22nd October 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Join the former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author to hear how she started her writing career, how she created some of her best-loved characters as well as finding out about her brand-new book,...

Outdoor events

Kingcombe Farm Walk and Feast

22nd-22nd October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

Discover how Kingcombe farms with wildlife on a guided walk, followed by a full Sunday lunch. For more information call 01300 320684.

Theatre & cinema

Milkshake Live!

22nd-22nd October 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight. The Milkshake cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will...

Outdoor Events

Woodland Walk and Draw

22nd-22nd October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Knoll Beach

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

Get up close with nature. Children and adults can enjoy drawing, wild art and even charcoal making. Explore the inspiring woodlands and dunes at Studland before getting creative using only natural materials....

Outdoor events

Beachcombing in Kimmeridge Bay

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Search for and discover the stories behind beach treasures. Everything that the sea washes ashore has a story to tell. Unlock the mysteries of why some sea shells have tiny holes drilled through them....

Indoor activities

Collage Illustration Workshop

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: 10.30 to 11.30am

Venue: Broadstone Library

Address: Poole, BH18 8DP

Make a collage with the help of the illustrator and author of Following the Tractor. For children aged 4-11 years. For details call 01202 693504.

Halloween

Halloween Cave Painting

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: 2pm to 3pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head

Address: Broadway, Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Create some unique cave paintings and pictures with a Halloween theme, using natural materials. Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential. For details ring 01202 451618.

Outdoor events

Junior Boat Fishing

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: 9am to 1pm

Venue: The Cobb Harbour

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat

A junior fishing trip, organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club. For beginners aged 9-16 years - no previous experience is necessary. A great way to meet other children who would like to learn to fish.

Indoor activities

Junk Modelling

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: 10.30 to 11.30am

Venue: Oakdale Library

Address: Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3EF

Invent and create a work of art from everyday household items that you might throw away. For details call 01202 262424.

Outdoor events

Outdoor Garden Crafts

23rd-23rd October 2017

Time: From 11am to 3pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Take part in some fun outdoor garden craft activities with Dorset Wildlife Trust. For more details ring 01202 881924.

Theatre & Cinema

Puppet Making and Animation Workshop

23rd-23rd October 2017

Venue: Durlston Country Park Learning Centre

Address: Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL

Website: www.purbeckfilm.com

See original puppets from the films and learn to build and animate a puppet. For ages 8 years+. Call 01929 424 443.

Halloween

Spooktacular Halloween Half Term

23rd-27th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk/whats-on

Low key fang-tastic fun for little ones at Farmer Palmer’s in Poole. Lots of extra activities added to the daily timetable of animal events. Fancy dress, mini monster hunt, zombie Zumba and much more....

Arts & crafts

Arts Buffet

24th-24th October 2017

Venue: Digby Hall

Address: Sherborne, DT9 3FE

Website: www.sherborneartslink.org.uk

Get messy and creative at this art and craft workshop for families with primary school age children. For more details ring 01935 815899.

Arts & crafts

Craft Activity for Children

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Lyme Regis Museum

Address: Bridge Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

Children can create their own take home souvenir. For further information contact 07926 969831 or 01297 443370.

Halloween

Family Explorers

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: Priest's House Museum and Garden

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1HR

Website: www.priest-house.co.uk

Children will have a chance to take part in a range of activities with a spooky twist. Fun activities for all the family – cost: £1.75. For details ring 01202 882533.

Outdoor events

Feed Feathery Friends

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 11am to 1.30pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Help the beautiful birds survive the winter. Learn what to feed the birds during the cold winter months and make a natural bird feeder to take home to encourage birds into your garden.

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Forest School Fun

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: DWT Nature Reserve

Address: Happy Bottom, Wimborne, BH21 3DP

Join the Dorset Wildlife Trust to explore the woodland through fun Forest School games and activities. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years old. Cost: £5 per child including snack and drink. Booking...

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Halloween at the Russell-Cotes

24th-27th October 2017

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Venue: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Address: East Cliff Promenade, BH14 8HG

Website: www.russellcotes.com/half-term

Halloween themed make and take craft sessions and a skull T-light holder workshop during October half term. Drop in Halloween themed craft activities. For more information contact 01202 451820.

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Halloween Family Night Ride

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 5pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Spend Halloween with your family cycling in the dark. Experience the thrill of cycling through the forest and trails at night with the use of powered night lights with a scary instructor to guide you around....

Indoor Activities

Mad Victorian Science

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 11am to 2pm

Venue: Sherborne Museum

Address: Church Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3BP

Website: www.sherbornemuseum.co.uk

Mad Victorian Scientist Gordon Le Pard is back with his potions, poisons and peculiar facts. A free event. For details ring 01935 812252.

Indoor activities

Make Your Move Half Term Activity

24th-26th October 2017

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Pavilion Dance South West

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.pdsw.org.uk

Also at PDSW: Get lost in the gentle interactive tale for children and their families, The Magic Fish, by ATMA Dance on 29 October, 3pm. With Indian heritage, beatboxing and Supergods. Call 01202 203630...

Halloween

Meet Scooby Doo at Crealy

24th-24th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5.30pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Everybody’s favourite four-legged detective will be at Crealy during its spooktacular Halloween event. Get the chance to meet Scooby-Doo plus there will be photo opportunities so remember to take a camera!

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Mervyn Cole’s Halloween Fun and Magic Shows

24th-26th October 2017

Time: At noon and 2pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Also on Thursday 26 October. Marvel at the magic and have some spooky fun at the same time. For more details ring 01202 881924.

Theatre & cinema

Sing-a-Long Beauty and the Beast

24th-24th October 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Celebrate the brand-new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in. Sing your heart out to the Disney songs such as Be Our Guest, Belle, Gaston, and not forgetting...

Theatre & Cinema

The Pixies’ Scarf

24th-24th October 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale, a brand new theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor. With deliciously visual story-telling, this performance...

Theatre & Cinema

Trash Test Dummies

24th-24th October 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Everyone put your bins out, tonight’s bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty! This award winning, side-splitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and...

Halloween

Bat Walk with the Rangers

25th-25th October 2017

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Website: www.visitstourvalley.co.uk

Look for bats who may be flying around the river. This is a free event. Pre-booking advisable. Call 01202 451548.

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Crafty’s Creepy Castle

25th-25th October 2017

Time: From 2pm

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthouse.co.uk

Crafty’s Creepy Castle is a family show suitable for 2-7 year olds that is followed by a popular meet, greet and treat with Crafty the Crow himself - including a free Trick Or Treat present for every...

Outdoor events

Dig for Wildlife

25th-25th October 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Radipole Lake Nature Reserve

Address: Near Weymouth, DT2 7TZ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4pm to help the rangers prepare the new wildlife garden at the Discovery Centre. Suitable for any age, any experience and any ability. All tools and equipment provided. Call...

Halloween

Half Term Phaser Fright Night

25th-25th October 2017

Time: 6.30pm and 7.45pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Join the crew for a 'spooktacular' evening of phaser tag. Climb aboard the giant space station themed play frame for 6 terrifying Halloween phaser missions. Minimum age 6+. For details ring 01202 740500.

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Halloween Half Term Children’s Workshops

25th-25th October 2017

Venue: Marine Theatre

Address: Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

Website: www.marinetheatre.com

Also Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October. Some spooky children’s workshops with pumpkin carving, magic lanterns and scary witches. Cost: £5. For more details ring 01297 442138.

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Halloween Trundle

25th-25th October 2017

Time: 5.45pm to 7pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

As evening falls on Halloween, join in the fun on a spooky walk. By lantern light make a potion, listen for bats and catch some spiders. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress. Booking essential....

Indoor activities

Meet the ‘Whatever Kids’

25th-25th October 2017

Time: 10.30 to 11.30am

Venue: Parkstone Library

Address: Britannia Road, Poole, BH14 8AZ

Author Caroline Hall and illustrator Alec Wills will bring the characters of Whatever Kids to life. Then learn how to draw your own colourful characters. For children aged 3-7 years. Call 01202 742218.

Outdoor events

Meet the Gruffalo

25th-25th October 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

The Gruffalo is taking some time away from the deep dark wood to visit his many fans at Adventure Wonderland. He will be meeting and greeting his fans at 10.15am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2pm and 3.45pm.

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Scaplen’s Court Witch

25th-25th October 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.com

Visit Scaplen's Court for some spine-chilling craft activities and a chance to meet and listen to the storytelling witch. This is a free event.

Halloween

Creatures of the Deep, Dark Ocean

26th-26th October 2017

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Discover more about the creepy creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean such as vampire squid, hatchet fish and other weird wildlife. Learn about their crazy lives and then make one to take...

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Halloween Stories

26th-26th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Get into the Halloween spirit with Julia Donaldson’s popular story ‘Room on the Broom’ before making a mini broomstick to fly away home with. For ages 4 to 8 years. Booking essential. Call 01425...

Indoor activities

The Etches Collection Workshop

26th-26th October 2017

Venue: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

Address: Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE

Website: www.purbeckfilm.com

The workshop will teach children how to create characters from modelling clay; understand how to effectively animate them. Call 01929 552778.

Outdoor events

Who’s Hiding in The Hedgerow?

26th-26th October 2017

Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton

Join in with the hedgerow hunt at Lorton Meadows. Discover shiny shieldbugs, wonderful webs and secret mammal paths. Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Cost: Children £3. Booking...

Indoor activities

Collage of Poole

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 10.30 to 11.30am

Venue: Broadstone Library

Address: Broadstone, Poole, BH18 8DP

Go collage crazy this half term and help to make a big collage of Poole. Call 01202 693504.

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Going Batty for Halloween

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Sherborne Museum

Address: Church Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3BP

Website: www.sherbornemuseum.co.uk

East Dorset Bat Rescue will visit with their bats to help celebrate Halloween and learn more about these fascinating little creatures. A free event. For details ring 01935 812252.

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Night Time Monster Bash

27th-28th October 2017

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

For extra brave children there’s a Night Time Monster Bash! The park re-opens at 6.30pm until 9.00pm and all sorts of scary and ghoulish creatures will appear. Pre-booking is essential. For more details...

Indoor activities

Off to Wonderland

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12noon

Venue: Hamworthy Library

Address: Blandford Road, Poole, BH15 4BG

Fall down the rabbit hole and spot the Jabberwocky. With crafts, stories, activities and an un-birthday tea party. Call 01202 672750.

Indoor activities

Paint a Nest Box

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 11am to 12noon

Venue: Parkstone Library

Address: Britannia Road, Poole, BH14 8AZ

Learn all about birds and their nests, then paint a wooden nest box to take home. £2 donation for materials. Call 01202 742218.

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Paint a T-Light Holder

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Address: East Cliff Promenade, BH14 8HG

Website: www.russellcotes.com/half-term

Paint a ceramic skull T-Light holder at this Halloween themed event. Cost: £3.50 per participant. Booking required for T-Light painting due to limited spaces. To book call 01202 451820.

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Pumpkin Carving

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 2pm to 3pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head

Address: Broadway, Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Carve and decorate some very scary pumpkins, with expert help from an artist. Cost: £6 per pumpkin. Booking essential. For details ring 01202 451618.

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Spooky Spiders and Baffling Bats

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Discover the secret life of bats, spiders and other spooky Halloween creatures. Make bouncing bats to take home. Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Booking essential. Cost:...

Arts & Crafts

The Big Draw

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 11am to 2.30pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.com

Calling all budding artists to take part in the national Big Draw campaign by helping to create a giant map of Poole Harbour. This is a free event but booking is required. Call 01202 262600.

Outdoor events

Tree Walk

27th-27th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Learn more about trees on a gentle walk through the park. Have a go at leaf and bark rubbings and learn why trees are tremendous. Booking essential.

Outdoor events

Bonfire by the Beach

28th-28th October 2017

Time: From 5.30pm

Venue: West Bay

Address: DT6 4ER

Website: www.westbay.co.uk/events/bonfire-night.php

Fireworks begin at 8pm. A great evening out for all the family with a giant bonfire and dazzling fireworks, food, drinks, live music and stalls.

Outdoor events

Firework Spectacular at Crealy

28th-29th October 2017

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Also Sunday 29 October. Watch the stunning Firework Spectacular which will be lighting up the sky above Crealy with some amazing fireworks. Selected rides will be open late plus there will be a live DJ...

Halloween

Halloween Bird Feeders

28th-28th October 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE

Make spooky bird feeders at the Chesil Beach Centre to take home and put in your garden for Halloween. Cost: From £1 per item. For details call 01305 206191.

Halloween

Halloween Costume Parade and Storytelling

28th-28th October 2017

Time: 3pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

The annual Halloween Costume Parade promises plenty of frightful fun with prizes for the best dressed at 3pm. For more details ring 01202 881924.

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Halloween Ghost Hunt

28th-29th October 2017

Time: From 10am to 3pm

Venue: Brewery Square

Address: Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 1QR

Website: www.brewerysquare.com

Simply search for the ghosts and Halloween images around Brewery Square and return your form for a free Halloween prize. Pick up your entrance form from the Concierge Office. For more details call 01305...

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Halloween Trail

28th-29th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 3pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head

Address: Broadway, Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

The super-scary Halloween trail returns to Hengistbury Head. This year’s trail will be just as spooky! Follow the trail and answers the puzzles. Collect a small prize at the end. Cost: £3 per child....

Halloween

Lewey’s Trick or Treat Party

28th-28th October 2017

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Park your brooms at the door and Get Up and Groove at this ‘fangtastic’ Halloween party. With plenty of fun, games and prizes for every girl and boy, it's no trick, it's a treat. Booking advisable....

Halloween

Meet Scooby Doo at Crealy

28th-28th October 2017

Time: 10am to 5.30pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Another chance to meet everybody’s favourite four-legged detective at Crealy. See Scooby-Doo plus and make the most of the photo opportunities.

Indoor activities

Stop Frame Animation Workshop

28th-28th October 2017

Venue: Durlston Country Park Learning Centre

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL

Website: www.purbeckfilm.com

A mini animation with Richard Haynes, a stop motion animator on TV programmes including Roary the Racing Car and Postman Pat. Call 01929 424 443.

Theatre & Cinema

Big Little Theatre School’s 21st Birthday

29th-29th October 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bhlivetickets.co.uk

A special birthday concert. Former members of the school, many of whom are currently enjoying successful careers in the west end will be performing, joined by current Saturday Youth Theatre students. For...

Halloween

Crafty Fun – Spooky Mask Making

31st-31st October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 11.15am

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Take your little lemurs to get creative and have some Halloween fun. Make scary Halloween masks. Cost: £5. Booking advisable. For details ring 01202 740500.

Halloween

Halloween at Monkey World

31st-31st October 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

There will be free entry for children in full Halloween fancy dress on 31 October. Take the family along on Halloween for a free fancy dress competition with prizes. For more details ring 01929 462537.

Theatre & cinema

Stick Man

1st-2nd November 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man! This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves....

Outdoor Events

Leweston Bonfire and Fireworks Display

2nd-2nd November 2017

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Leweston School

Address: Sherborne, DT9 6EN

Website: www.leweston.co.uk

Warm up by the bonfire, and then witness a spectacular fireworks display provided by Imperial Lotus Limited. There will also be food, refreshments and a sweet stall. Child ticket: £3; Adult ticket: £5.

Arts & Crafts

Bridlit Kids at The Bridport Literary Festival

4th-12th November 2017

Venue: Bridport Youth and Community Centre

Address: Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3LX

Website: www.bridlit.com

Acclaimed children’s storyteller, Michael Loader, will bring a combination of theatre, song, buffoonery, puppets, props and participation, culminating in Glorious Greeks – an awesome adventure performance.

Outdoor events

Hedgehogs at Lorton

4th-4th November 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton

Discover the mini 'hogs' of the hedgerow. Find out what they eat, why they hibernate and check those bonfires! Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Cost: Children £3. Booking...

Outdoor events

Lyme Regis Bonfire Night and Fireworks

4th-4th November 2017

Venue: Lyme Regis

Address: DT7 3JE

Website: www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk

See the fantastic firework display over Lyme Bay and warm up by the bonfire on the beach. A free event.

Outdoor events

Autumn Colours

5th-5th November 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Join the Rangers on an autumnal walk to look at colour and collect hedgerow berries and leaves then discover how to make dazzling natural dyes and pigments. Cost: £4 per person. Booking essential.

Outdoor events

Free Fireworks on Poole Quay

5th-5th November 2017

Time: From 4.30pm

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

A large free firework display. Join the party from 4.30pm with free live music, street entertainment and family activities. The big firework extravaganza begins at 8pm. Call 01202 262600.

Christmas

Christmas Wonderland Market

19th-19th November 2017

Venue: Lighthouse Arts Centre

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Featuring over 120 stands bearing seasonal goods to suit every pocket. Plus, the children will have fun writing a letter full of Christmas wishes before meeting Father Christmas for photos and a free story...

Theatre & cinema

Beauty and the Beast

17th-17th December 2017

Venue: The Allendale Community Centre

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Website: www.theallendale.org

Enjoy a magical, festive story this Christmas! A young girl named Belle is pursued by the dastardly Prince Anton for her hand in marriage - and yet she longs for something more. Upon discovering the Beast,...

Theatre & cinema

Santa's Christmas Wish

19th-19th December 2017

Venue: The Allendale Community Centre

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Website: www.theallendale.org

Christmas is a special time when Santa delivers presents all over the world - but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Dasher the Reindeer has an idea, Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows, or maybe...

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